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Title: Big Ideas Courses Aim To Inspire
Date: 11/30/2012
Publication: Berkeley News Center
Editor: Public Affairs
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What happens when you bring together some of the campus’s best professors — from completely different disciplines — one “big idea” and a room full of bright Berkeley undergraduates?

Among those who will be teaching a Big Ideas Course this spring is Saul Perlmutter, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.

That’s just what the College of Letters and Science plans to find out this spring, when it will launch five innovative new “Big Ideas Courses” on topics spanning the breadth of the liberal arts.

According to Executive Dean Mark Richards, the concept for the program grew out of long-range plans in L&S to enhance the undergraduate curriculum. Big Ideas Courses allow undergraduates not only to delve into important issues from multiple viewpoints, but also to fulfill their requirements in new and interesting ways.

“We want our students to take on fundamental, even risky, intellectual challenges as part of their core experience here,” says Richards, “and that’s something that Berkeley does best.”

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